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- Electric air taxis will be highlighted at the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics.
- Commercial logic is in focus as developers strive for profitability.
- Geopolitical undertones mark the race towards aerial innovation.
The unveiling of transformative technology has often coincided with global fairs and major sporting events. Drawing a parallel from history, the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics in Paris and Los Angeles respectively are set to be the stages where electric air taxis make their grand entrance, writes Steven Levine.
The Olympic showcase
European aircraft developer Volocopter is inching closer to certification, with plans to transport tourists in two-person electric helicopters during the 2024 Paris Olympics. Across the Atlantic, U.S. counterparts Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation are gearing up to ferry spectators in five-seat electric aircraft around Los Angeles during the 2028 Olympics.
The overarching goal is to stir consumer interest and establish commercial viability for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, all while underlining Western technological prowess on a world stage.